Eligibility and Credits

The Woodrow Wilson High School determines a student-athlete’s eligibility based on their academic preparedness and amateurism status. Academic eligibility is typically determined using a combination of their SAT/ACT test scores, high school coursework and their GPA as calculated using what are called the “NCAA Core Courses.”

Keep in mind that the NCAA loosened initial eligibility restrictions for student-athletes who intend to play D1 or D2 sports for the 2021-22 and 2022-23 academic years. Student-athletes graduating high school in 2021 or 2022 who intend to compete at a D1 or D2 college are no longer required to take the ACT or SAT. They are also allowed to use pass/fail grades for core courses. Your amateurism status is determined based on the answers to your amateurism certificate. In extreme cases, the NCAA will investigate your amateurism status.

In general, student athletes must:

  1. Be enrolled and attending as a full-time student each semester (12+ credits for undergraduate; 9 credits + for graduate)
  2. Each semester, you must earn 6 credits of coursework that apply to graduation in your designated academic program (Football Only: nine hours completed during the Fall term)
  3. Earn a minimum of 24 hours of coursework in your academic program during the first year in order to be eligible to compete the next year
  4. Earn at least 18 hours in your major every academic year, (fall and spring semesters)
  5. Declare a major before the third year or 5th semester of your enrollment in college
  6. Make sure all of your courses are applicable toward your academic degree program in order to be used for eligibility purposes
  7. Beginning with your 3rd semester of enrollment, you must meet GPA requirements as indicated below. Your GPA will be checked at the beginning of each term. Beginning with your 5th semester of enrollment, you must meet percentage-of-degree requirements as noted in the chart below as well.